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Women's Lives Are ‘Never’ at Risk Due to Pregnancy, Says Rep. Joe Walsh (VIDEO)

by Kiri Blakeley on October 19, 2012 at 2:36 PM

One of the most bizarre aspects of this election year has been the Republicans coming out with some of the most outlandishly wrongheaded theories about pregnancy. You really have to wonder where they received their educations and if their schools had health classes?! Of course, we can't forget Rep. Todd Akin who said that women who are "legitimately raped" can't get pregnant, thanks to bodies that "shut down" rape sperm. Missouri GOP Committeewoman Sharon Barnes called pregnancy resulting from rape a "blessing." And now we have Rep. Joe Walsh in Illinois coming out with this doozy: He thinks that there should never be an "exception" rule regarding abortions for women due to health concerns. Because he thinks that women's lives are never in danger due to a pregnancy.

Walsh, who was debating Democrat challenger Tammy Duckworth, said that the life of a mother is never in danger because with "advances in medicine and technology, you can't find one instance" in which an abortion would be necessary to save a mother's life.

He goes on:

The health of the mother has become a tool for abortions any time for any reason ... there's no such exception as the 'life of the mother.'

Medicine, of course, would have to disagree. Ectopic pregnancies, in which a baby begins to develop somewhere other than the uterus (usually the fallopian tube), are extremely dangerous and have to be terminated or the mother will die. A fallopian tube is not able to carry a baby to term, end of story. The pregnancy is terminated by injecting medicine that allows the body to absorb pregnancy tissue, or the fallopian tube is removed or the ectopic pregnancy is removed and the tube fixed. These types of pregnancies are not uncommon. According to the American Pregnancy Association, one out of every 50 pregnancies is ectopic.

Without doing something about an ectopic pregnancy, a woman is very likely to bleed to death. Which I guess is what Joe Walsh wants??! Or he doesn't believe in ectopic pregnancies? Or has never heard of them? Or maybe he just simply doesn't give a crap that a woman could die without terminating the fetus growing in her fallopian tube. Wonder how he'd feel if his daughter or wife began screaming in pain from an ectopic pregnancy and her doctor recommended surgery.

Of course, women may need to terminate a pregnancy for other health reasons too. Here are some examples below in the video:

What do you think about Joe Walsh's comments?


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Filed Under: abortion, 2012 election

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  • wamom223
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    wamom223

    October 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Funny you bloggers have time to write about every stupid comment a Republican makes about abortion but don't have time to stand up for a woman running for Congress being racially attacked.


  • Pinkmani
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    Pinkmani

    October 19, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Someone needs to teach these politicians a little sex education, because OBVIOUSLY that abstinence-only education isn't working. Here's why: Texas & Mississippi are constantly in the top 5 for the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation.


  • IKnow...
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    IKnow0101

    October 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    I wouldn't get an abortion but that's my personal decision.  I really wish people who has no medical training step aside and be quiet.  Women who has to get abortions for medical reasons go through hell trying to make this decision.  Lay off the guilt.


  • shesl...
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    shesliketx

    October 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM
    Sigh. Another man discussing something he obviously knows nothing about.
  • IKnow...
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    IKnow0101

    October 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    I should have known someone would bring up the conservative/ liberal angle.


  • wamom223
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    wamom223

    October 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    @ Iknow-Its a valid point.  These hard right Christian Conservatives need to start their own party since they do not speak for Republicans as a whole.  Having said that, this site completely ignored what happened to Mia Love.  As this is a site geared at women I am allowed to be appalled by that.


  • Yvette
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    Yvette

    October 19, 2012 at 3:03 PM
    Whats with men acting like they have a uterus
  • kay
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    kay

    October 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM
    Hey wamom223, maybe you should ask the conservative leaning bloggers why they didn't care enough to write about it either.
  • kaerae
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    kaerae

    October 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM
    Wow, I wasn't aware of the "medical advance" that moved a tubal pregnancy neatly into the uterus to grow. That's pretty neat. Thanks, Dr. Joe. WHERE DID THIS GUY TAKE SEX ED??? KANSAS???
  • Littl...
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    Littlefrogs

    October 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM
    Idiot. Yeah, cancer is just an excuse. Trying to stay alive so that you can be there for your children is just an excuse 'cause you know there's nothing a woman loves more than having her cervix wrenched opened and having her uterus vacuumed out. Idiot.
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